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Repair broken wooden stairway handle (railing)

I have a stairway handle that has cracked in the middle all around making it wobbly. It has been like this since I moved in 4 years ago and probably many years before. I would like to make it a bit ...
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Convert chain link gate to wood gate

I have a chain link gate with metal posts in ground with concrete and would like to turn this to wood. But I’m concerned about the structural stability and possibility of doing this. The gate right ...
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Butt joint transition from drywall to wood with joint compound or other material to prevent future cracks from wood movement

I'm having countertops installed and the top cap of pony wall is two stacked 2x4s with the wood outer edge flush with the drywall. My first thought was just to prime the wood and use joint compound ...
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How can I reduce the effects of dilatation of wood on a steel deck?

I am planning to build an outdoor deck at my house. The dimensions will be 3x9 m. The base of the deck will be short concrete columns and on them I'd like to place a frame made of steel bars. The top ...
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Help restoring old wood beam please!

I am in the process of trying to uncover an original beam in my 120 year old home. The beam appears to have been painted (possibly twice), then covered in drywall mud, then painted again. It's tested ...
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At what point should I replace wooden floor boards on second storey

The floor on the second storey of my house is wooden floor boards laid in one direction between supporting beams at end end. Each board is 300 x 2600 x 55 and is wooden. What is the likelihood that ...
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Rooftop deck repair questions

I'm in the process of restaining rooftop deck. I first washed it with a deck cleaner product. I'm now in the process of sanding. I was hoping to ask a few questions: I noticed a few areas where ...
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Double 2x12 Beam - Seams Over Posts?

I'm building an awning off the side of a barn. I have four 6x6 posts spacing at 0,8',18',26'(8ft, 10ft, 8ft spans). I am building a beam out of 2 2x12s. I had learned that when constructing these ...
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Supporting a freestanding "wall" (vertical cantilever) [closed]

I'm building a freestanding "wall" in my garage, for storage. Click any image to embiggen It's obviously incomplete in the photo (it's also only temporarily floating off the ground). I'll be ...
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Why do I have wooden frames underground parallel to concrete foundation?

I was digging up the ground outside to fix a gutter drain, and noticed there were pressure-treated wooden frames buried underground, parallel to the foundation (1st photo is the house; 2nd photo is ...
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Can 2-4x4x8 wood posts be stacked?

Trying to get a basketball goal set up. Can’t find anywhere that sells metal posts for this. There are however wood posts. We got 2-4x4x8 for a total of 16’. 4’ of which will be cemented in ground. ...
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I need to determine the load weight capacity for 2" x 12" pine board laid flat resting on two points

Boards are used as shelf decking. Each end rests on beams that have a 7/8" lip. We use 2x8", 2x10", and 2x12" pine boards of approximately 40" in length. I have not been able ...
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Can I make up the depth of a roof truss with a separate timber?

Replacing rotten roof trusses that were originally 320mm Scots Pine timbers. The roof originally had to support concrete tiles which were heavy, it will now be supporting a lighter tin roof. The ...
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Best sealer/finisher for wooden coaster?

We are making wooden coasters and at present are using a water based polyurethane. My question is there a better solution/product that would result in a better finish/seal?
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How much weight will two 2x12 nailed together that are 18ft long hold? [closed]

I am sitting in my living room looking looking at my ceiling wondering if the beam is strong enough to support the roof and ceiling after taking out a wall parallel and perpendicular to the beam.
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How to reinforce a drawer panel that is bending at the handle? [closed]

I have a large pull-out trashcan drawer built into my kitchen counter which is poorly designed. It is essentially a trashcan on rails with two attachment points to the panel where the handle is. ...
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Joining two 2x4 as legs to two 1x6

I am building an elevated garden bed and I need to know what kind of joint will joint would make the structure least wobbly and provide most optimal load bearing capacity. I'm planning on joining two ...
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Prime and paint fascia before or after hanging?

I'm replacing a couple pieces of wooden fascia that have partially rotted, but am a bit unclear on the order of operations for successful water/rot resistance. The boards will be a couple lengths of ...
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How can I convert my half-log cabin's floating (poles on rika blocks) foundation to in-ground cemented poles?

My wooden house is a 6m x 6m CCA treated frame, cladded with CCA treated half-log. From the back to the front, there is about 1m of fall. The house rests on CCA gum poles in the front, where it is 1m ...
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can isopropyl alcohol dissolve powder coat?

I have new outdoor furniture that is metal frame & wooden body. The metal frame is painted black, using powder coat I think. I was applying wood protector on the wood parts, and it stained the ...
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White Spots on Wood in Attic

Went up to the attic today and saw these white spots on the wood for the ceiling. Just wondering what they are and if I should be concerned? And also how to get rid of it and prevent it from coming ...
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Drilling hole through layered wood and metal

I want to drill a hole (about 12mm diameter) through the floor of a shipping container. From the inside of the container, the wooden (probably plywood) floor is visible, and from the outside there is ...
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How can I best repair separated wood floor boards?

There are two 20 foot long wall to wall separations that have occurred in our oak floor over a period of several years. The boards are 2" wide and the picture is an accurate representation of the ...
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Correct wooden batten size to support heavy item on drywall

I'm going to install the Ikea Boaxel wardrobe storage system and because I have plasterboard walls I going to screw horizontal battens into the wall studs and then attach the 2m Boaxel vertical rails ...
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Suggestions on constructing dividers for my chest freezer [closed]

I have purchased a 14.8 cu ft freezer and I want to divide up the space like so, but with taller dividers: The divider shown in the picture is out of stock, and I cannot find a similar product, so I ...
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How to fix cracked wood [closed]

I was putting together a desk which has a wooden surface and metal legs. The wood around the screws joining the wood with the metal leg chipped. How should i fix it?
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Should cut ends of pressure-treated lumber be treated again for ground contact?

There are a lot of paint-on products for treating the cut ends of pressure-treated lumber. However all of the products that I can find are rated for above-ground use only. PT lumber comes in "...
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What is this gray material/film on the edge of my desk?

There is this gray material that only appears along the edges of my desk but on both exterior and interior edges. I inspected the desk closely after I first assembled it and did not find this material....
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Can I hang swings on two 2x6 boards instead of a 4x6?

I wanted to use a 4x6 for a beam for two swings, with eye bolts with washers through the whole beam vertically. However I do not have access to 4x6. I can buy two 2x6, but how would bolts work? Since ...
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Are diagonal cracks in a primary beam a concern?

We recently purchased a home and are remodeling our basement. I’m not super knowledgeable about stuff like this and that’s why I hired this out instead of doing it myself. They have taken the old wall ...
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How can I fix this hole I accidentally made with a screw?

I mistakenly used a longer screw to my chair when I assembled the legs and messed up my chair. I attached some photos and what do you think I should do? I'm considering to buy the cushion but I'm ...
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How deep to cut the lap-joint for joining the wooden beams without the glue

Hello to the great woodworking community! I'd be grateful for a bit of advice concerning the building out of the following construction: I bought the glued dried pine wood already. I will use screws ...
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How can you repair split wood that cannot be moved?

My goal is to install a new set of blinds in an existing window. It looks like a former owner tried to do the same thing and split the wood on the side of the window casing. Unfortunately the location ...
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How do I fix a loose wooden tread on a concrete staircase?

The wooden stair tread shown below has become loose when moisture entered the staircase from the wall's side and warped it. The water ingress has since been fixed, but the tread often makes a loud ...
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How to install a wood mantel on an existing stone mantel

I have the option to put a boxed mantel (hollow) or regular mantel on top of this pre-existing stone mantel. What would be the best way to install it? Could I use glue? If not, what kind of screws, ...
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What kind of wood are these fence panels made out of and can they be restored?

I do have about 100 wood fence panels that I want to reuse to build a fence. I know next to nothing about woods. What kind of wood is this? I don't know whether this wood has been treated or not. ...
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Glue wooden stairs

We have a spiral staircase made of wood. What means can be used to solve the problem that the wood is solid again? I thought a wood glue like this one should do his job.
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Will this plywood desk break/sag?

The L brackets are rated for 60kg each. Do I need to add more support or is this strong enought?
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How can I repair a snapped 4x4 mailbox post without digging out the footing?

The mailbox is mounted on a 4x4 that was sunk into a concrete base about 18" below ground level. The 4x4 snapped off about 6" below ground. I really don't want to excavate the concrete and ...
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Cleaning up essential oil from wood

A badly closed bottle of essential oil spilled out on my wooden wine shelf and soaked through, dissolving the paint from anything it touched. No amount of washing with dish washing liquid helps. It's ...
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How to join two floating 2x6 beams at a 90 degree angle

The beams are both 2x6", vertical and are meeting at 90 degrees, one beam is well supported from a foot or two back and the other is hanging. Something like this: My first thoughts were miter ...
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How to incorporate removable but stable legs into self-made foldable wooden table

I have a small but nice appartment (40m²). As such, I have to be creative with how I manage and use the space I have. My kitchen is also quite small. I own this kitchen island: Here is my kitchen ...
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Exterior wood doors constantly cracking and splitting

I recently built a home in Mexico on the beach and am having a hard time keeping 3 of my exterior wood doors (all street facing doors) from constantly splitting, cracking & swelling due to the sun ...
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Black stains on oak after rain

I have made a DIY mailbox from oak wood boards a year ago. But recently after heavy rains the oak turned black at the grains, looking like this: I did cover the oak with couple of coats of stain and ...
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How to build a sturdy wooden riser for a mini-fridge

all, I want to raise an under-counter mini-fridge (90 pounds loaded) from the floor. It measures 18"w x 18.5d" x 28"h. It's for an elderly woman who can't bend over to use anything ...
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Exterior siding rot

Can anyone please tell me what this type out outdoor siding is called. It looks like wood but it’s not. We need to replace portions of it. Thank you!
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Fixing a wooden brace that has had holes drilled in it

When putting up my punch bag in the garage I drilled holes which I have decided need to be sealed post conversation in another question raised by myself. There are 2 holes running along the brace ...
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Installation of permanent stairway into the loft

Want to replace a loft ladder with a permanent stairway. The new stairway has to be over the existing stairway because of restricted space. The only load bearing wall is a gable wall. What I want to ...
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How to avoid cracks between painted wood and painted plaster?

A wooden piece is screwed against a plastered block-wall. Both, the wooden piece and the plaster, are primed and painted. Problem. I expect that there will be a thin crack between the wood and the ...
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Elegant way to jack two materials apart, applying spreading pressure to pin them in place?

I have a tall cabinet acting as a room divider. Since it's not against a wall, it could fall. Screwing into the floor or the wall is not feasible, but the top of the cabinet is 5 inches from a ...
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